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nbc news wall street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. they are neck in neck in nevada and carolina. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: ten miles from the pentagon in springfield, virginia, mitt romney spoke to veterans blaming president obama for the agreement with republicans to slash defense spending if there's no budget deal by january 1st. >> and the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable and devastating. >> reporter: romney's polls in this battleground state look potentially devastating. he's trailing by 3 to 7 p ers percent. romney backers like dave milne are worried. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> reporter: more romney the businessman suggests soccer mom monica camera. >> he needs to bring up the economy. >> reporter: president obama was in virginia pushing an elitist image of romney in a tv ad to run here putting faces on the 47% of americans romney says he sees as dependent on government. >> i see hard working virginians, i see students tryi
believe there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york saying not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of america's own economy. >> reporter: it's the u.s. economy that president obama wants seen as his main focus. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news at the united nations in new york. >>> new poll numbers show trouble for mitt romney in key battleground states. the washington post poll finds president obama leading romney by 8 points in ohio, that's among likely voters. in another swing state, florida, romney is only trailing by four points among likely voters but there is a nine point gap among all registered voters. in both states the president has a double digit advantage among women. in florida 53% of men back romney. >>> now here's a look at some other news making news early in america. in hawaii powerful waves created an incredible scene. the tea
fifteen percent or more on car insurance. >>> finally mitt romney's got something good to feel good about. i'm talking about unemployment. specifically, what we heard from paychex, the second largest pay rolling company in america. especially hiring small businesses, which irks main clients. last night we got results from paychex and many considered it disappointing. now, i think paychex is a well-run business. while the company is facing a tough environment, the quarter wasn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination. it beat it by a penny on a 40 cents basis and 2% year over year. last time i thought that was the hugely important key metric. however, the growth year seems to be decelebrating. especially since that's why i'm thrilled to have marty, the chairman and ceo here to talk about the quarter. mr. mucy, welcome back to "mad money." >> good to be here, jim. >> i've got to oh tell you, i've been through these various downgrades and it's almost like they thought that the payroll numbers had dropped so we have 6.5 to 7% unemployment. the fact is we always thought it was this number
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